Cinema has given us quite a few iconic movies over the decades. Some of them just had incredible entertainment value, some of them pushed the boundaries of technology at the time, and yet another group tried to add a layer of criticism towards society in their meaning.
It’s the last group that usually ages the worst, since they’re very much tied to a period in history. But did you know that some of those iconic movies are actually still ringing true today? Let’s take a look!
While RoboCop didn’t really have any deeper meaning at the time of its creation (apart from “yay, robot policeman!”), the recent remake updated the story to modern standards. The original already had the moral dilemma of how far we can go in cybernetically enhancing people before they lose who they are as a person, and the remake pretty much shoves that dilemma in your face.
Based on a true story set in a time when there were no two bigger dividing factors between people than race and wealth, a rich white handicapped person hires a poor black person to be his caretaker. A wonderful tale of how friendship can overcome all the differences between people, no matter how much society wants you to believe that those differences can’t be overcome.
I mean, Google is already listening to everything we say or do, 1984’s plotline isn’t too far off. I for one welcome our oppressive overlords that can hear everything I say but hopefully can’t read my thoughts yet.
This is pretty much in line with 1984. The one true factor in the Terminator storyline that’s always returned is that people created their own undoing by relying too much on technology. Imagine how bad it would get if an AI got its hands on all that precious data we are so keen on storing in the cloud so we can access it at all times.
American History X
The ultimate movie about how racism is a stupid thing. Racism will always be a stupid thing, so this movie will be relevant forever!
Much like American History X, this movie will always be relevant because it proves how stupid homophobia is. Also based on a real story, so people didn’t always consider homophobia to be stupid. They should have, but they didn’t know better.
Rambo: First Blood
There’s no movie that better illustrates the psychological damage war can do than Rambo: First Blood. Sadly the rest of the Rambo series aren’t that good, but this one is definitely worth a watch. The wars might be different, but the damage that gets done is very much the same.
The Truman Show
With reality TV shows popping up left, right and center, how are we still to know whether we’re not in a reality show right now? We already know all our hardware can be remotely accessed anyway, so it’s not like it’s not possible. Yeah, this movie just got a whole lot less fun, didn’t it?